It’s easy to look at a person with diabetes whose blood sugars are running up around 300 mg/dL and say, “Geez, you need to just stop neglecting yourself!”
It's easy to judge, to think, "C'mon, just do it! Just take your insulin and take care of it all!"
But the real question is, “By neglecting your diabetes and purposefully hurting your body, what is that doing for you?"
It must be doing something beneficial…otherwise you wouldn’t keep doing it. Even though cigarettes are obviously harmful, people still smoke them because it feels good, it provides an obvious benefit.
Even if the benefit is small in comparison to the damage your body is suffering, purposefully neglecting your diabetes may be your method of coping with the overwhelming emotions around diabetes.
The next question is: Do you want to challenge those emotions and find your new way of living with this disease? Are you ready to work towards findin...
Lately, people have been asking a lot of questions about sore feet. How can you turn sore feet into happy feet?
Inspect: Even though your feet are a long way from your eyes, they are still important. Sores, bumps, and rashes can go unnoticed unless you look at your feet. Anyone with diabetes or another condition that causes numbness should inspect their feet daily. Some people have even had their legs amputated because of a small sore that became infected. Pay attention to your feet; they are the only ones you get.
Shoe Inserts: The more cushioning for your feet, the better. Many products offer shock absorption that fit into the shoes. If you are on your feet often or are a very heavy person, the inserts need to be changed at least every six months because the shocks wear out. Not only will your feet be happier, your entire body will be happier with some well-cushioned shoes.
Rocker Bottom Soles: Most people have never heard of this before, so visualize the bottom...
Does someone you love live with arthritis pain? Here are some holiday gift ideas for anyone who has arthritis anywhere from head to toe.
Trekking Poles (for feet, ankles, knees, hips, low back arthritis): For someone who has arthritis in the lower half of the body, she/he could benefit from the use of trekking poles. Using either one or two poles while walking can greatly reduce the stress on an arthritic joint.
Reacher or Grabber (for shoulder, hip, low back arthritis): Grabbing an item above or below the waist can be painful if arthritis afflicts certain joints. As an extension of a hand, these handy tools help one to reach out without hurting oneself.
Oxo Jar Opener (for shoulders, elbows, wrist, hand arthritis): People with arthritis in the upper limb have a great deal of trouble opening jars or containers without asking for help. Well this device works like a charm and will charm the one you love who experiences these difficulties.
Paraffin Wax Home Unit (for hand, wrist arthrit...
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